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Mauritians to enjoy visa-free entry into Gabon

Mauritians to enjoy visa-free entry into Gabon

Mauritians will no longer have to go through visa hassles for visiting Gabon, following the announcement of waiver of visa entry by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba yesterday. (Image: en.legabon.org)

Mauritians will no longer have to go through visa hassles to visit Gabon. This follows the announcement of waiver of visa entry by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba yesterday, the second day of his three-day state visit to Mauritius.

Besides, the central African economy and the island nation are eying mutual business opportunities and a working session held yesterday at the Grand Baie Conference Centre between their business communities sought to reinforce economic cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Board of Investment of the island nation and its corresponding investment promotion agency in Gabon, the Agency of Promotion of Investment and Exportations (APIEX).

Ondimba presented a brief overview of Gabon, which, he underscored, is characterised by political stability, favourable economic indicators, strong infrastructure, economic diversification, abundant resources and supportive business environment.

He noted that the sustainable growth strategy of Gabon is based on three main pillars: Industrial Gabon, Green Gabon and Services Gabon. Industrial Gabon sets out to promote indigenous development of raw materials, the export of high value-added products, and the diversification of the national economy.  Green Gabon seeks to position itself as a pioneer in the global drive to preserve the environment and fight global warming. Finally, Services Gabon focuses on human resource development.

Gabon aims to become a regional benchmark for sectors such as financial services, new IT resources, service jobs linked to the green economy, and specialist areas of health and higher education, he stated.   Ondimba called on Mauritius’s political and economic leaders to collaborate in the south-south cooperation, while inviting them to invest in Gabon.

“Gabon has embarked on an ambitious programme to transform its economy from a producer of primary materials to a modern one based on transformation of industries and services and has an enormous potential for investment”, he said.

Mauritius’s Vice-Prime minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Xavier-Luc Duval, emphasized that the relations between the two countries date as far back as August 1984. He said that the visit of President Ondimba and his delegation will serve to strengthen the economic ties between the two countries. He noted that cooperation between Mauritius and Gabon is based on, first, strengthening economic and commercial ties, and second, the adoption of a vision and action plan for both.

Duval said that the island nation wishes to share its experiences and work with Gabon on projects of mutual interest. In that context, an agreement was signed between the two countries in July 2013 to strengthen economic relations and increase foreign direct investment.

Source: Government of Mauritius

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